Crystal McBrayer presented a workshop on non-toxic alternative processes in photography at the Society for Photographic Education northwest conference, “Illuminate and Provoke,” held Oct. 20-21 at Oregon State University. The workshop highlighted her current research using native plants for historic photographic processes, the anthotype process (using plant pigment as a liquid emulsion) and toning cyanotypes with natural dyes from plants including bitterbrush, rabbitbrush and sagebrush.
The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight and experimental practice. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms through teaching and learning, scholarship and criticism. McBrayer serves as treasurer of the northwest chapter.